With no midweek game this week, Sporting Kansas City is resigned to spectators in tonight’s eight MLS games. There is a lot of big match ups though that can have implications on KC’s season, the biggest of which is the Vancouver Whitecaps at the Seattle Sounders tonight. The Whitecaps are one point ahead of KC for first in the Western Conference, while Seattle is just three points behind KC. Here’s a look at what we want to happen.
Philadelphia at Atlanta
What we want to happen - Philadelhpia win
The Union are six points outside the final playoff spot in the East with only four games left for them. A win allows them to try to prolong their push for a playoff spot, it would also keep Atlanta just two points ahead of Sporting KC in the single table standings with them having played one more game (after tonight).
NYCFC at Montreal
What we want to happen - Montreal win
The Impact would be able to get to 42 points, the same amount the Red Bulls sit on heading into tonight's MLS games. It'd keep the pressure on the Red Bulls and keep the Impact alive for a playoff spot. With regards to NYCFC, it would keep them on 52 points, five ahead of Kansas City, but they will have played two more games than KC after tonight. That'd mean if KC can pull off two wins in their games in hand they'd be ahead of NYCFC in the single table.
DC at New York
What we want to happen - DC win
DC can't catch Sporting KC in the single table and while technically isn't eliminated from the playoffs, may as well be sitting at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. A DC win would keep the Red Bulls from closing the gap on points with Sporting, keeping KC five points clear of the Red Bulls in the single table.
New England at Orlando
What we want to happen - Orlando win
This game almost doesn't even matter, but both teams are still technically able to catch Kansas City on points this season. An Orlando win would mean that New England and Orlando both can only tie Sporting on points at 47 as they'll only have nine available points left to pick up and both would be trailing KC by nine points. An Orlando win will also continue to keep both team's slim playoff hopes alive, keeping pressure on the teams ahead of them.
Colorado at Dallas
What we want to happen - Colorado win
Dallas' spiral of the season has continued and they now find themselves outside the playoffs, but with five games left can still push ahead of KC if they get on a run. Colorado meanwhile can't catch Sporting on points this season and are fighting to not win the wooden spoon for the worst record in the league this year.
LA at Houston
What we want to happen - LA win
Like Colorado, the Galaxy can't catch Sporting KC on points and could land a big blow to the Dynamo's playoff chances with a win in Houston. It would alos keep Kansas City eight points clear of the Dynamo, and with Sporting still having two games to play against Houston in October, keeping that gap at more than six points gives KC a bit of a cushion.
Chicago at San Jose
What we want to happen - draw
San Jose sits eight points behind KC while Chicago is one point ahead in the single table. Sporting would really like neither team to be able to add to their point total, but in this case a draw would leave one point on the table, keeping Kansas City seven points clear of San Jose with them having only three games left, while the Fire would still be within a win of passing in the Supporters' Shield standings.
Vancouver at Seattle
What we want to happen - draw
Seattle sits three points behind Sporting, but after tonight will have played two more games than KC has. Vancouver will be one game ahead of KC after tonight but sits one point ahead of Sporting. KC would really like neither team to pick up the points, but a draw is the best scenario for KC right now. If rooting for one team, Seattle leveling themselves on points but having played two more games may be the best way to go if you don't want to cheer for a draw.